Savior Series

I Told You So vs. I Love You So

We are starting to see a theme as we continue of the #saviorseries. Today we are going to look at Isaiah 12, specifically 12:2-3.

Surely God is my salvation;
    I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense[a];
    he has become my salvation.”
With joy you will draw water
    from the wells of salvation.

Notice any common words or themes here?

How about salvation, strength, defense ,and joy.

This passage in Isaiah is a song of praise. As we look at the attributes of God we see that we can praise Him for who He is.

In the first verse, he is noting that although God was angry with him, He now comforts him.

In that day you will say:

“I will praise you, Lord.
    Although you were angry with me,
your anger has turned away
    and you have comforted me. Isaiah 12:1

Immediately I think of what it’s like to be a parent, being angry and frustrated with your child (and for us it is human nature for us to sin, I know I personally am guilty of this!) In our nature we can sin while we feel and express anger, but it God’s nature He did not.

We know that Jesus was half man and half God, and as he experienced the array of human emotions (from anger to sadness) he still didn’t sin.

I just imagine myself as I discipline my daughter, being firm with her as I put her in her “space” (a corner in our dining room) to allow her to process and express her emotions in a safe way. Once she is ready to come out, and I’m ready to let her come out, I meet her with grace and love and comfort. She always comes away from that time affectionate and loving towards me, at least for the first few minutes she is cooperative and obedient to what I ask her to do.

That ‘comfort” after discipline is so important because it reinforces that I love her so much that I need to put boundaries on what she can and can not do, as well as remind her that my discipline comes from love, not from punishment.

I do realize that the Old testament God did punish people, but that just even more so reinforces the need for our Savior in Jesus. Because of him we are not punished, but redeemed through his blood.

Surely God is my salvation;
    I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense[a];
    he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2

From our Salvation through our ONLY Savior, we are able to trust and not be afraid.

I think I’ve used this analogy before, but it fits here so I’ll use it again:

I tell my daughter, “do no touch the candle, it is hot and the flame will burn you.”

Daughter touches flame on candle and cries and screams.

The perfect “I told you so moment” But instead of saying, “I told you so, I say, “I love you so that I wanted to protect you from the pain of the burning candle flame?

What would happen if instead of saying, “I told you so” when someone experienced the consequences of their actions, you said, “I love you so?”

How would your heart change towards them, and their heart change towards you?

As my daughter’s mother, she trusts me to help up and down the steps, and guide her across the street. She doesn’t know where we are going all of the time (most of the time), but she trusts in me and knows that I always have her best interest at heart. (I mean as much as a 2 year old can!)

This is not unlike God’s affinity to parent us.

This isn’t just for parents, this is for anyone who has seen someone you love succumb to sin and selfish behavior.

Last year my father was in and out of the hospital for multiple suicide attempts. During one of those times he became septic from an infection that he got after getting a gash in his leg from kicking a wall in protest.

His tempter tantrum had an almost fatal consequence.

I’ll admit my heart had become cold and bitter.

“Well he deserved that if he’s going to act that way.”

God doesn’t respond to us in that way. He responds with grace and mercy (even when are in our own “space” trying to sort things out, He is still with us.)

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

That’s exactly the gift we are given when we receive salvation, the love and grace that act as our strength and defense in times of hardship and trouble.

Actually the love and grace through the Lord himself that we can’t just rely on when things are tough, but need everyday.

This is the challenge friends, we have to die to self to live for Christ there is simply no other way.

We need a savior for ALL areas of life, not just certain parts.

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Sanctification isn’t “choose what you want to change and leave the rest” It is, “lay down what you want and trust God for the rest”.

I think I’ll end there for today! 🙂 Until tomorrow, friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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